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Sugar and depression

September 28, 2012

Low mood can be as much a creation of the body as the mind.  So much of what we eat these days comes coated in sugar, and those cravings can drive you towards both unhealthy eating choices and a whirlpool of negative feelings.

The website Spring Fitness is encouraging readers to take a Sugar Detox for three weeks, starting this Monday October 1st.  While you may not want or need to cut sugar out of your life entirely, their article does provide some helpful tips for reducing your sugar consumption which will have a direct effect on your mood:

1. Eat healthy fats

Yes, there are such things.  They include nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocado.  Not only will they reduce your sugar cravings, they also work to lower cholesterol.

2. Drink plenty of water

Your body is prone to play tricks on you when you’re dehydrated.  What feels like a sugar craving may just be thirst.  Try water before reaching straight for the Mars bar.

3. Find someone to hold you accountable

If you’re wanting to make more long-term changes, perhaps as part of a weight management programme, enlisting the help of a psychologist or counsellor to keep you on track can act as your (gentle) critic and conscience.

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